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LOC Announces NEW Healthcare Partnership with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

LeMoyne-Owen College Students to Receive Computer Devices for a Virtual Return to Classes on August 12

In-person classes expected after Labor Day thanks to a NEW Healthcare Partnership with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Memphis, Tenn. - Another series of firsts for LeMoyne-Owen College ensues, as it invests in Microsoft Surface laptops for all new and returning students for the first time in the college’s long-standing history. The devices will help prepare students for the start of the fall semester on August 12, to be held virtually through Labor Day. Internet access will also be provided as needed. This comes only weeks after the College announced a $40 million endowment from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, the largest beneficial gift it ever received.

“We are extremely proud to finally provide computers to our very hard-working and deserving students,” says Carol R. Johnson Dean, interim president of LeMoyne-Owen College. “Even before news of the endowment, we had been planning for this expenditure, due to the unpredictability of the Coronavirus and necessity to creatively provide continuous learning options for our students.”

Johnson Dean says another historic step in their back-to-school preparations is the inclusion of on-campus healthcare support. LeMoyne-Owen has established a new, three-year partnership with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare which will provide on-campus health support to all students, also for the first time. Onsite medical support will be available to students three days a week as well as telehealth services two days a week.

“This collaboration between Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and LeMoyne-Owen College reflects our longstanding commitment to providing access to high quality, cost-effective healthcare all members of our community,” said Dr. Albert Mosley, senior vice president and chief mission integration officer for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. “By putting healthcare strategies in place, we can better protect the next generation of leaders now and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic within our community.”

According to Johnson Dean, the partnership with Methodist is another symbol to the students and the community that LeMoyne-Owen is transforming the education and support it provides to students, even in the midst of a pandemic. And, if the number of Coronavirus cases in Shelby County has markedly decreased by Labor Day, on-campus classes will resume.

“We want our students and their families to know that choosing LeMoyne-Owen means choosing a campus and community of people who recognize their needs and experiences and are willing to do anything possible to ensure their post-secondary success,” says Johnson Dean.

The College is planning to allow a limited number of students to live on campus during the first semester. Dorm space will be allocated with a maximum of one student per dorm room to ensure appropriate social distancing. All facilities have been properly cleaned and will include several hand sanitizing stations throughout campus. Learn more about LeMoyne-Owen College, its programs and back-to-school preparations at




About LeMoyne-Owen College

LeMoyne-Owen College provides a transformative experience educating students for urban-focused leadership, scholarship, service and professional careers. The only historically black college in Memphis, Tennessee, LeMoyne-Owen is poised for growth, success, and economic impact; and now, more than ever, prepared to embrace the future.


About Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) has been caring for patients and families regardless of ability to pay for more than 100 years. Guided by roots in the United Methodist Church and founded in 1918 to help meet the growing need for quality healthcare in the greater Memphis area, MLH has grown from one hospital into a comprehensive healthcare system with 13,000 Associates supporting six hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient facilities, hospice residence and physician practices serving communities across the Mid-South. From transplants and advanced heart procedures to expert neurology services and compassionate cancer care, MLH offers clinical expertise with a focus on improving every life we touch.

LeMoyne-Owen College Receives Largest Beneficial Gift in the School’s 158-Year History

LeMoyne-Owen College is named the beneficiary of a $40 Million Endowment at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis 

Memphis, Tenn .—LeMoyne-Owen College, the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Memphis, Tennessee, has been named the beneficiary of an endowment of $40 million, one of the largest gifts to any HBCU and the largest for the school in its 158-year history. The endowment was created from assets from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, an organization that works to strengthen the community through philanthropy.

Like other colleges across the country, LeMoyne-Owen College is working to ensure their students, many of whom are first-generation college attendees, return to school following the pandemic. Recent initiatives include partnerships to provide Wi-fi access and electronic devices to students for remote learning, emergency assistance for displaced students and scholarships for students in need.  

“Even before the pandemic, there has been transformative work happening at LeMoyne-Owen College,” Bob Fockler, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis president says. “The college offers unique opportunities for African-American students, and we are committed to ensuring that work continues to benefit students and their families for years to come.”

The endowment fund is a major stepping stone on the path toward advancements in the quality education the College can provide for a larger number students, at a critical time when HBCUs nationally face unique funding challenges and equity issues. LeMoyne-Owen College has the lowest tuition rate of any of the private colleges in the state of Tennessee, nearly 90 percent of students qualify for financial aid or currently receive Federal Pell Grants.

“Many of our students and their families were already struggling, even before COVID-19. Recent demonstrations have heightened our awareness and commitment to do more to address the inequality and racism that has led to their financial challenges and the critical need to create a more equal and just world,” says Dr. Carol Johnson Dean, interim president of LeMoyne-Owen College. “The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has generously and courageously helped LeMoyne-Owen College take a huge step forward in educating our future leaders and providing a stronger financial foundation from which to grow.”

This beneficial gift allows unrestricted use of the funds for purposes determined by LeMoyne-Owen College. The money will be distributed to LeMoyne-Owen College annually in an amount equal to 5% of the average balance of the Fund. Annual distributions will be made as long as the college maintains its active nonprofit status and continues to perform its mission as publicly stated.

Situated in the poorest zip code in Memphis, LeMoyne-Owen College was originally established in 1862 as an elementary school for freedmen and runaway slaves after the occupation of Memphis during the Civil War. Today, it’s home to more than 800 students from across the United States, Virgin Islands and African countries. The college’s rich history of developing leaders boasts notable alumni including former National NAACP President, Benjamin L. Hooks, several State of Tennessee legislators and a host of city and county officials. Learn more about LeMoyne-Owen College and its programs at


About LeMoyne-Owen College

LeMoyne-Owen College provides a transformative experience educating students for urban-focused leadership, scholarship, service and professional careers. The only historically black college in Memphis, Tennessee, LeMoyne-Owen is poised for growth, success, and economic impact; and now, more than ever, prepared to embrace the future.

About the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is a philanthropic organization that manages charitable funds with a broad base of donors to benefit West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi. Founded in 1969, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis brings a half-century of experience and expertise, working with donors, professional advisors, and nonprofits to help strengthen the Mid-South community through philanthropy.

A Message on the Passing of Trustee Herman Strickland

On behalf of the entire LeMoyne-Owen College family, we are deeply saddened by the loss of Trustee Herman Strickland. He was an integral part of the LOC Board of Trustees as chair of the finance committee. Just this past week, he graciously volunteered hours assisting us with our application for stimulus funds. 

Herman was not only a banking and financial expert, but also a selfless community servant and a true friend of our college. With heavy hearts, we extend our support and sympathy to his family and all who knew him.

Dr. Carol Johnson Dean
Interim President

Dr. Christopher Davis
Board of Trustees Chair

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